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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2011: Amy Waldman has performed a rare and dangerous feat in writing an airtight, multi-viewed, highly readable post-9/11 novel. When a Muslim architect wins a blind contest to design a Ground Zero Memorial, a city of eleven million people takes notice. Waldman, a former bureau chief for the New York Times, explores a diversity of viewpoints around this fictional event, bringing in politicians, businessmen, journalists, activists, and normal people whose lives--whether by happenstance, choice, or even due to their country of origin--get caught up in the controversy. Incredibly, she manages to keep all the balls in the air without ever fumbling. The story is moving and keeps the pages turning, but there are also bigger themes at work: of individuals versus groups; about the purpose of art, commerce, government, and journalism in society; of how people respond to grief and terror. The result is honest, compelling, and breathtaking.--Chris Schluep--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Very relevant to the issues we are faced with today. Well written. Interesting, complex characters. Wonderful book for discussion.Published 19 days ago by Francine Pilloff
This really makes you think what is moral and ethical. Well written. BarbaraPublished 21 days ago by Barbara P. Berman
This is an interesting book and I enjoyed it. I gets to the heart of prejudice, but shows how personalities affect personal and professional interacting relationships and thus... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jo Anne Aplet
It's slow to get going...the author does make you have compassion and caring for all the characters - even small ones. Really liked the last 1/4 of the book most.Published 1 month ago by intermediate snorkeler
A very good idea.Too many sub stories i think i counted seven! A lot of polemics for all sides of the debate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geraldine O'Connor
Amy Waldman, a former co-chief of the South Asia bureau of The New York Times, had an interesting idea for an novel: What would happen if the winner of a competition for the 9/11... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wally Wood